Major Industries

Surrounded By 2.5 Million Acres Of Opportunity.


Effingham County and the surrounding nine counties are a major component of the nation’s breadbasket, producing 126 million bushels of corn, 36 million bushels of soybeans and one million head of hogs annually. With 2.5 million acres of farmland and more than 10,000 farms, our region is a prime location for agricultural equipment manufacturers, seed producers and industry suppliers.

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Effingham County is ideally suited for companies involved in any facet of advanced manufacturing. Start with our central location that puts companies within a day’s drive of most of the eastern two-thirds of the nation, including fast, affordable access to automakers in Midwestern and southeastern United States. In addition to highway transportation, we have Class 1 rail from Canadian National, CSX, and Union Pacific, with responsive local service from short line Effingham Railroad.

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Distribution, Logistics, and Transportation

When it comes to logistics, it boils down to location, location, location and the transportation network that gets you to your customers and suppliers. Effingham County meets both of those needs. We’re near the center of the U.S. and home to the meeting point of North-South Interstate 57 and East-West Interstate 70. The Illinois Department of Transportation recently completed the final phase of a six-year, $155 million project which has created six lanes of traffic through the city’s I-57 and I-70 connectors, as well as replacing all three interchange exits, reconstructing overpasses and adding a new pedestrian bridge.

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